Down to earth mu­sic show­case

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY LOTTE REITER

Take a walk around Ru­pa­nyup on Sun­day and you might hear mu­sic com­ing from the Me­mo­rial Hall… and the bowl­ing green…. and the nurs­ing home.

Ru­pa­nyup’s an­nual Dirt Mu­sic Fes­ti­val is back for its ninth year and will again cel­e­brate the sim­plic­ity of good mu­sic, good peo­ple and good com­mu­nity at­mos­phere.

Or­gan­is­ing mem­ber Un­mani said the free one­day event was in­spired by Tim Win­ton’s quote: ‘Any­thing you can play on a ve­ran­dah or porch, with­out elec­tric­ity’.

She said the fes­ti­val gave Ru­pa­nyup an in­ti­mate and unique at­mos­phere, pro­vid­ing mu­si­cians the op­por­tu­nity and free­dom to be them­selves.

“You can just walk around town and hear all this mu­sic. It is mu­sic of the peo­ple,” she said.

“You will find Ir­ish mu­sic, tra­di­tional blues, ukulele groups and orig­i­nal pi­ano com­po­si­tions.

“We have per­form­ers from Mel­bourne and state-wide. We are pretty proud of our va­ri­ety.

“The other unique facet of this fes­ti­val is that mu­si­cians per­form for free.

“We don’t have a head­line act and ev­ery­one is equal on the billing.

“And in my opin­ion, be­cause they are not con­strained from be­ing paid, it re­ally makes it, be­cause they can play their ownz songs – there is no pres­sure.

“We keep hear­ing from peo­ple that they love the vibe and just want to keep com­ing back.”

Un­mani said the event was par­tic­u­larly spe­cial be­cause of its abil­ity to pull to­gether the com­mu­nity.

“There are lo­cal busi­nesses right be­hind us,” she said.

“There is some­thing spe­cial about the town, how the peo­ple co-op­er­ate and come to­gether.

“We want to con­tinue this at­mos­phere be­cause it is just golden. We want to main­tain full billings too, peo­ple leaving and new peo­ple com­ing in, it is part of a phi­los­o­phy we have where we like to see mu­si­cians come out of the wood­work.

“We are en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to come and play and ex­pe­ri­ence it.”

Un­mani said this year’s fes­ti­val would fea­ture two new ukulele groups, in­clud­ing ‘Mar­madukes’, a group from Mur­toa.

“We also have a young woman from Hor­sham, Sarah Mem­brey, who is prob­a­bly the youngest solo per­former we have had,” she said.

“She will per­form her own ma­te­rial for the first time.

“We have lo­cal Ray Kingston, who will per­form with his wife Whit­ney, and he will launch his po­lit­i­cal cam­paign for the fed­eral seat of Mallee in the evening.”

The events starts at 11am and in­cludes a bar­beque lunch and af­ter­noon tea, rais­ing money for Child­hood Can­cer Foun­da­tion and Can­cer Coun­cil.

“The other unique facet of this fes­ti­val is that mu­si­cians per­form for free. We don’t have a head­line act and ev­ery­one is equal on the billing” – Un­mani

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